P. L. Sclater, 1859,
Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
Often considered conspecific with P. rubritorquis. Race strenuus often regarded as a separate species, but differences very small and evidence of breeding sympatry poor. Race brevipes treated as separate species in recent past, including in HBW, a position supported by recent genetic analysis#R, but outlined distinctions#R meagre and may be scored as follows: purplish-brown vs vinaceous-grey orbital skin (1); stouter bill (1); (“usually”) different wing formula (ns); “notably different” voice (“high, screeching or piping… krree-kree…” vs “raucous, often shrill and shrieky screaming, krreh-krreh… or krrieh krrieh…”) (score hard to give, especially as parrots can vary their calls; allow 2). Four subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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